The Beloved Renata Tebaldi

   I just wanted to stop a moment and think of someone who was the darling of all of us in the olden days at the Met. We were teens just turning on to opera, and Renata Tebaldi made our lives so very joyous; those of us who remember her on and off stage will never forget her. Her performances were truly "events." She remained every night and signed every single program,even in freezing weather.
     She "adopted" us so to speak and as the years passed,I never failed to wish her a happy birthday,until the very last year of her life. You know, I just cannot bring myself to remove her telephone number from my address/phone directory. I think it will stay there as long as I live!
     I hope this little tribute is not too saccharine and/or pretentious, and if you feel it is,just let me know..it is just that I wanted to remember her with all my love and affection.

P.S. This 1955 photo was taken at one of our huge affairs for her. She said to me, "Dammi il braccio,mio piccinO," and I responded, "Obbedisco,signorA," and happily someone snapped the photo.

Category:general -- posted at: 1:10am EDT

A Cavalleria Rusticana Pot-pourri

 I am repeating my Cavalleria podcast,since there had been
a glitch in the original. Many exciting selections from Mascagni's
great work featuring such artists as:

Regina Resnik, Zinka Milanov,Giannina Arangi-Lombardi,
Astrid Varnay, Leonie Rysanek, Marisa Galvany,
Lina Bruna-Rasa, Aase Nordmo-Loevberg, Eileen Farrell,
Giulietta Simionato, Franco Corelli, Jussi Bjoerling,
Alain Vanzo,Richard Tucker,Hans Hopf,Placido Domingo,
Afro Poli, and Heddle Nash.

 

Download this episode from the April Podcast Archive.

Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:42pm EDT

A Collector's Macbeth

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 A marvelous pot-pourri (if a bit lengthy) of material
 from Verdi's great opera,mostly live,but a few are
 from commercial recordings.Artists include:

Shirley Verrett, Elena Suliotis, Lauren Flanigan, Leyla Gencer ,
Julia Varady, Birgit Nilsson, Christa Ludwig,
Rita Hunter, Maria Callas, Leonard Warren, Enrico Caruso,
Enzo Mascherini, Piero Cappuccilli, Giorgio Tozzi, and Nicolai Ghiaurov

PHOTO: The late Elena Suliotis as Lady Macbeth

Download this episode from the April Podcast Archive.

Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:45pm EDT

Squillante tenors-Volume One

An exciting compilation of arias by  
  tenors from an era in which the "squillo" (ring)   
in the voice was so common. The tenors included are:

Giovanni Zenatello, Jose Palet, Mario Gilion, Francisco Vinas,
Isidoro Fagoaga, Antonio Cortis, Piero Pauli, Antonio Paoli,
Mario Filippeschi, John O'Sullivan, Miguel Villabella, and
     Leonce Escalais (in photo) 

Download this episode from the April Podcast Archive.

Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:25pm EDT

Celeste Aida and the Passaggio

An analysis of the aria "Celeste Aida" as sung by various tenors,
including :
Tucker, Di Stefano, Martinelli, Baum,Caruso, 
Del Monaco,and Bjoerling

The comparison is designed to understand
   the concept of "covering" the tone 
and the term "passaggio" 

Download this episode from the April Podcast Archive.

Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:15am EDT

A Mozart Celebration-Part One.

An exciting selection of scenes and arias from many Mozart operas
featuring many great artists:

Eleanor Steber, Ljuba Welitsch, June Bronhill, 
  Herman Jadlowker, John McCormack, Beverly Sills,  
Leontyne Price, Mado Robin, Maria Galvany, 
Susan Graham, and Janet Baker     

Download this episode from the April Podcast Archive.

Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:44pm EDT

 Live Highlights from the Ring,Vienna 1933-1941

Live excerpts from the Ring as performed in Vienna between
1933 and 1941. Artists featured are:

  Set Svanholm, Franz Voelker, Maria Jeritza, Friedrich Schorr,
  Gertrude Kappel, and Hilde Konetzni

        PHOTO:  Maria Jeritza

Download this episode from the April Podcast Archive.

Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:49pm EDT

40th Anniversary of Zinka Milanov's Retirement April 13!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I almost forgot...40 years ago today,the greatest singer I ever heard live, Zinka Milanov, retired with an Andrea Chenier. She did sing the final Chenier duet with Richard Tucker at the Met Gala closing of the old house on April 16, but Apr.13 was her official retirement date.
On that occasion,the 87th time I saw her live,the voice was as clear and fresh as it was when I first saw her. Yes,the tears came,not only among us, but she could barely speak,and when I listen to her emotional (and very short) farewell speech,those memories return.
On May 17th,we will celebrate the 100th anniversary of her birth,and the book should be out that month also. As much as I thrilled to her singing so often,she really contributed to my not having a great average in college,but
I would do it the same way if I had the time machine running.
When you are a teenage opera lover and someone "bigger-than-life' comes along..you never forget...and she was the one who helped to
bring me so much joy for so long. God Bless You, my Zeeeenka...I bet
today you are singing your "Pace" just as well as ever (with Rosa looking on with envy!!!!!!)

With greatest affection,

Charlie
Category:general -- posted at: 3:36pm EDT

Meta Seinemeyer (1895-1928)

Meta Seinemeyer,who passed away at only age 33, was one of the truly magnificent sopranos of her era. What a pity she never lived to thrill even more audiences throughout the opera world.

The arias are from La Boheme, Andrea Chenier, Tosca, Der Freischutz, Manon Lescaut, and Tristan und Isolde.

Download this episode from the April Podcast Archive.

Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:40am EDT

Oh! That "Di Quella Pira!!!"

 A comparison of twelve famous tenors singing this exciting aria:

          Roswaenge,Zenatello,Cortis,
        Filippeschi,O'Sullivan,Escalais,
               Pertile,Schmidt,Lazaro
                   Gigli, De Muro
                       Lauri-Volpi

Download this episode from the April Podcast Archive.

Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:26am EDT

EMI Artists

        A pot-pourri of 15 artists who recorded for EMI:

Gedda,Alagna,Vanzo,Pavarotti,Kraus,Crespin,Cotrubas,
Sills,Dimitrova,Caballe ,Moser,Scotto,Bacquier,Van Dam,Baltsa
                                      

Download this episode from the April Podcast Archive.

Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:19am EDT

Famous Artists Who Sang at La Scala

 A selection of 18 truly marvelous artists who performed at La Scala between 1880 and 1940:

         De Lucia,Sobinov,Bonci,Vinas,
         De Angelis,Pasero,Spani, Masini,
         Anselmi,Boninsegna,  
         Escalais,Zamboni,De Muro,
         Dalla Rizza,De Hidalgo,
         Pampanini,Cobelli,
                Sammarco                    

Download this episode from the April Podcast Archive.

Direct download: 2006-04-11-09-11-23.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:55am EDT

Fifteen Delicious Divas A pot-pourri of fifteen famous sopranos. They include:

Magda Olivero, Gianna Arangi-Lombardi, Mafalda Favero, Ninon Vallin, Bidu Sayao, Eva Turner, Ljuba Welitsch, Rosetta Pampanini, Germaine Lubin, Claudia Muzio, Elizabeth Grummer, Martha Moedl, Rosa Ponselle, Licia Albanese, and Gina Cigna (w.Cloe Elmo).
Direct download: 2006-04-10-02-09-05.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:47am EDT

Sempre Libera Divas

I think you will really have a great time with these 16 famous Violettas,especially the last one in the bunch. Remember, I am not posting the names here in case you wish to test yourself or some others.(Photo: Diana Soviero)
Bonus: a video of Anna Moffo singing the first act aria from "La traviata."

Direct download: 2006-04-09-21-12-39.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:01pm EDT

A Collector's Flying Dutchman

  Many exciting renditions of material from the great work. I hope you enjoy the selections I have included.

               Melchior
               Voelker
               Flagstad
               Tebaldi

 

 

Direct download: 2006-04-09-15-02-17.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:48pm EDT

"Nessun Dorma" Collection

Listen to this glorious aria as sung by ten famous tenors:

         (I am not naming them here so that you might use the podcast as a quiz for yourself or others)

Direct download: 2006-04-09-03-19-01.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:40am EDT

The Mad World of Opera

This is a collection of totally delusional divas and divos and a series of live outbursts by both artists and audience members! Perfect for opera gatherings, but be warned that you might need a generous supply of tranquilizers and anti-acids.

Direct download: 2006-04-08-13-18-52.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:03pm EDT

 "Che gelida manina"

Ten famous tenors sing this great aria from La Boheme. They include:

Giuseppe Anselmi
Carlo Bergonzi
Antonio Cortis
Giuseppe Di Stefano
John McCormack
Miguel Fleta
Alfred Piccaver
Aureliano Pertile
Jussi Bjoerling
Beniamino Gigli

BONUS:  "Music Minus One" accompaniment to the aria -- so you can sing it ... (I hope!!!!)

Direct download: 2006-04-07-23-08-19.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:37pm EDT

An April 8th Birthday Tribute to Franco Corelli

These selections should afford you some idea of the incredible thrills that Franco Corelli produced for audiences wherever he performed. In memory of this great tenor,I offer this birthday tribute.  (Photo:Calaf)

Direct download: 2006-04-07-18-34-18.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:00pm EDT

Exciting Opera Duets

An exciting series of duets,mostly soprano/tenor,taken from live and commercial recordings. I think you will enjoy the selections,featuring some of the great artists of the past. (Photo:Beverly Sills and Placido Domingo in Roberto Devereux,1970)

Direct download: 2006-04-07-00-37-19.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:10am EDT

Tribute to Afro-American Artists

Since Marian Anderson made her Met debut as Ulrica in 1955, several Afro-American artists have followed; in addition,several black artists of the past must be recognized for their fine singing:

      Marian Anderson (photo),Leontyne Price,Paul Robeson, Dorothy Maynor,Grace Bumbry,Shirley Verrett,Florence Quivar,Angela Brown, Lawrence Brownlee

Direct download: 2006-04-06-21-32-31.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:58pm EDT

Artists I Have Known and Loved

I present to you nine artists whom I have come to know personally.I first "met" them as I attended performances they gave and felt that they were among the finest singers I had ever heard,and over the years a certain friendship has grown between us.The artists are:

Aprile Millo,Elizabeth Carron,Frank Guarrera,Olivia Stapp, Diana Soviero (See Video of Juliette Scene),Lucine Amara,Samuel Ramey,Marisa Galvany, and Virginia Zeani  (in photo)

Direct download: 2006-04-04-21-37-25.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:10pm EDT

Famous Mezzos and Contraltos-Volume One

The first in a series of selections by famous mezzos/contraltos:

Ernestine Schumann-Heink, Conchita Supervia(in photo), Sigrid Onegin,

Clara Butt, Zara Dolukhanova, Claudia Novikova, Kathleen Ferrier.

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Direct download: 2006-04-04-00-04-51.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:21am EDT

Tenors Who Appeared at the Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa

Selections by Giulio Crimi, Bernardo De Muro, Aureliano Pertile (in photo as Cavaradossi) Giovanni Zenatello, Aroldo Lindi,Giuseppe Taccani,Roberto D'Allesio

Direct download: 2006-04-03-20-14-22.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:30pm EDT

Not very "Celeste" Aida

 Extremely LOW-lights from Aida featuring sopranos Olive Middleton and Vassilka Petrova, as well as mezzo(?) Sylvia Sawyer.

  I think the guy in the photo would sound better!!!!!!!!!!!

Direct download: 2006-04-03-02-36-10.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:58am EDT

Magda Olivero in Amsterdam.

The amazing Magda Olivero,( born  March 25,1910), a true "miracle" of  singing, in selections from concerts in Amsterdam from 1962,1968,and 1972.

Direct download: 2006-04-02-15-34-34.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:49pm EDT

Seven Baritones in the "German Fach"

   Recordings by seven baritones who excelled especially in the German Fach:

      Georg Hann,Michael Bohnen,Joel Berglund,Rudolf Bockelmann,

              Paul Schoeffler,Herman Prey, George London

Direct download: 2006-04-02-09-59-37.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:20am EDT

Daniele Barioni

   One of the most beautiful natural tenor voices that I and my fellow standees (1957) ever heard. I want more of you out there to come to appreciate this ravishing voice.

Direct download: 2006-04-02-01-37-18.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:48am EDT

 A Tribute to Artists Who Have Left us

 In loving memory of some of the great artists who have passed away recently. Let us all celebrate their careers.

       Theodore Uppmann,Enrico Di Giuseppe,Piero Cappuccilli,

       James King, Robert Merrill, Alfredo Silipigni/Jerome Lo Monaco 

                               and Birgit Nilsson

 

             

Direct download: 2006-03-31-19-04-19.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:21pm EDT

 The Great Zinka Milanov,my all-time favorite singer

I present this tribute to Zinka Milanov,my all-time favorite artist. She sings excerpts from La Gioconda,Ernani,Andrea Chenier,La Forza del Destino, and Norma. Enjoy!

Direct download: 2006-03-31-12-40-18.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:11pm EDT

The Great Regina Resnik as Soprano and Mezzo-soprano

      I have always felt that Mme.Regina Resnik has been one of our greatest artists,not only in her varied opera career as soprano and mezzo-soprano,but also as teacher,producer,director,filmmaker,etc.
       I think this special tribute will thrill you and help you to understand the genius of this great artist in a program of many of her roles as mezzo and soprano.
  

 

Direct download: 2006-03-31-02-42-41.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:55am EDT

Elektra Exc.1965 Vienna If you had atttended the Met performances of this opera with the same cast (Nilsson, Resnik, Rysanek), you would have needed oxygen!
Direct download: 2006-03-30-22-58-48.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:09pm EDT

Anna Bolena Scenes featuring Marisa Galvany,Olivia Stapp, and Samuel Ramey

One of the most exciting performances of this opera (from 1974)

     (Photo: Sam Ramey,Wife, and new basso)

Direct download: 2006-03-29-23-14-57.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:30pm EDT


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